Euro Trip | Part One

April 3, 2011
It's hard to begin when summing up such an adventure. It felt like we were gone for at least a month instead of a couple weeks, which doesn't help when trying to think back and construct a coherent account of our time abroad. Also, while I took about a bazillion pictures, I'll only post a few so this post doesn't become a novel.
Our first bit of real food in 12 hours - thank you Amsterdam airport! 
We started our journey with an early morning drive over to Seattle to catch our flight. Eastern Washington is not the place for scenic drives, but in the wee hours of the morning it hardly mattered. Our flight left on time (yay!) and was actually quite enjoyable - thanks to the movies, music, and aisle seat- and we arrived in Amsterdam looking for a soft place to lie down and sleep. Our original plan was to spend our 6 hour layover outside the airport, exploring a bit of the city and getting a bite to eat, but we were total zombies and sleep sounded better.

Then it was off to Frankfurt, where Nathan (Matthew's brother) met us at the airport and showed us around his town. Frankfurt was full of good food, conversations, and sights with Nathan and a single truly terrifying drive on the Autobahn.

It was then on to Leipzig, via the fabulous train. I cannot recommend the EuroPass more - we loved it! We got a super saver pass that included first class, which was definitely worth it. The German trains were very efficient, comfortable and clean and we met some interesting people along the way.

There we stayed right in the heart of the old town right across from the Nikolaikirche (one of Bach's home churches) and loved the central location. We were able to walk everywhere and stumbled upon some great little shops, coffee houses and bookstores. It was amazing to watch Matthew put to use all of his German speaking skills - I'm not sure what I would have done without him! He translated everything from street signs to menus and helped us find our way by striking up conversations with locals all over the place. I was so proud of him!

Matthew's happy place. 
Sadly a lot of the museums we wanted to check out were closed the two days we were in town, but we found other places to explore. We spent a morning walking through various historical districts, browsing through bookstores and visiting Mendelssohn's house.

After two days in Leipzig we said goodbye to Nathan and boarded our beloved train to Prague.

The journey continues...more to come!


  1. I'll share with my sister Heidi, she'll love seeing your journey!

  2. Jessica! It's so good to read about your amazing adventures! I love your blog...your design/layout is did you set it up?

  3. it is so incredibly wonderful to hear about your adventure!! You two have been dreaming about this for quite some time. I can so see Matthew using German and getting such a thrill out of it. Love you both and miss you so much!!

  4. Thanks guys!

    @Allie: Hi Allie! It's been a long time! Thanks, it's definitely developed over time. :) This is a template I customized - I can send it to you if you like, just let me know!

    @Anna: Yes, it was so fabulous! It was such a great adventure together and Matthew was a German rockstar. We miss you - we must get together soon!!

  5. i wub you and your life. i'm so glad you had such a lovely time. can't wait for part 2!! :)